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Summary

  1. MSPs continue to debate 'Scotland's Choice' before parliament votes on whether to seek a second independence at decision time
  2. Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament
  3. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU
  4. Ms Sturgeon says the move is needed to allow Scotland to decide what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote
  5. The UK government has already said it will block a referendum until the Brexit process has been completed

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

MSPs back the referendum call

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Ms Sturgeon will outline next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block a referendum

Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU.

Ms Sturgeon says the move is needed to allow Scotland to decide what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote.

But the UK government has already said it will block a referendum until the Brexit process has been completed.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who met Ms Sturgeon for talks in Glasgow on Monday, has repeatedly insisted that "now is not the time" for a referendum.

Read more here.

That brings our coverage of the Scottish Parliament on this historic day to a close. 

We'll be back tomorrow at 10am.

Have a good night. 

Government will carefully consider each recommendation made by Enable Scotland

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Ms Somerville says the government will carefully consider each recommendation made by Enable Scotland.

The minister praises teachers and support staff for the work they do in schools throughout Scotland.

That ends the debate. 

'This is a challenge for each and everyone of us '

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Ms Somerville says this is an emotional debate, and rightly so as there is surely nothing more important than the start we give our children.

The minister says: "This is a challenge for each and everyone of us to examine our attitudes to those with additional support needs."

Labour MsP Johann Lamont says resources do matter and classroom support is being lost.

Ms Somerville says she does not disagree that resources are an issue and she says all the councils and the Scottish government will have to be responsible for their budget decisions.

From Enable Scotland:

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Minister praises Enable Scotland's report Included in the Main?!

Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville
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Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville

Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville says Scotland has one of the most inclusive systems across Europe.

Ms Somerville says: "We thoroughly reject the idea that any child cannot be educated."

She says there is an improving picture in the education of children with ASN but she accepts there is much room for improvement.

The minister praises Enable Scotland's report Included in the Main?!

She says the challenge is that all childrne particpate in all aspects of school llife.

From Enable Scotland:

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'98% of the education workforce feels that training is not adequate'

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Tory MSP says mainstreaming by and large is a positive and good thing

Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour
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Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour

Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour says Scotland has come a long way as a civic society and in education as mainstreaming by and large is a positive and good thing.

However, Mr Balfour says the report from Enable Scotland is a "wake up call".

The Tory MSP says parents have to keep asking local authorities and head teachers for things that should automatically come to them.

"That's fine if you are pushy and articulate like my mother" he says, but less so if you are not.

He says: "No child should be excluded."

'60% of pupils with learning disabilities feel lonely at school'

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Labour MSP says post-graduate training in additional support needs is in decline

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Labour MSP Daniel Johnson thanks Enable Scotland and he says it is important where the situation can be made better.

Mr Johnson says the education committee has been looking at additional support needs and has heard some teachers are only recieving cascade training.

He says post-graduate training in additional support needs is in decline.

Independence vote should be autumn 2018, says Scottish Green MSP

Following Holyrood's vote to back calls for a second Scottish independence referendum, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer said it was vital to give people in Scotland the choice in autumn 2018 "when the details of the Brexit deal are known".

What’s essential now is that the forthcoming referendum on independence invokes the spirit of the 2014 referendum and does not repeat the mistakes of the 2016 EU referendum, a process which isolated so many in our country

Ross GreerScottish Green MSP

Mr Dey praises those who work with children with additional support needs

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Mr Dey says this is about mental wellbeing with 60% of kids saying they are lonely at school.

He praises those who work with children with additional support needs. 

The SNP MSP says Included in the Main sums the situation up rather well.

He says we need to ensure the policies are there to properly support children

UK minister David Mundell: 'No vote talks until Brexit complete'

David Mundell: "We won't be entering into any negotiations [with the Scottish government] at all until the Brexit process is complete."

Background: ENABLE Scotland

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From ENABLE Scotland Website:

ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic charity run by its members. We have three main roles:

  1. We are a charitable organisation founded in 1954 by the parents of children who had learning disabilities in order to ensure that people who have learning disabilities have the same choices and opportunities in life as everyone else. Find out about  how we are run​ .
  2. We campaign to fight discrimination and inequality and ensure that people who have learning disabilities are regarded as equal members of society. Find out about  how we campaign  for a better life for children and adults who have learning disabilities. 
  3. We are a service provider offering a wide range of person centred services designed to ensure that people who have learning disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community. Find out more about our  person centred services​ .

SNP MSP welcomes cross-party support for his motion on the Included in the Main?! report

SNP MSP Graeme Dey
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SNP MSP Graeme Dey

SNP MSP Graeme Dey welcomes cross-party support for his motion on the Included in the Main?! report.

Mr Dey says it is not the principle of mainstreaming but the way it is being implicated.

'Inclusive education is still far from a reality'

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Mr Dey uses his motion to say the country has come a long way from when people with learning disabilities were viewed as “ineducable”.

However he says inclusive education is still far from a reality for many and that this can have whole-life consequences.

The Enable Scotland report, 22 Steps on the Journey to Inclusion , has been published as a result of the national conversation, which makes 22 recommendations.

It acknowledges that inclusive education is not about school setting or placement, but rather that all children should receive an inclusive education in a setting that best meets their educational and developmental needs.

Educational experiences for children and young people with learning disabilities

SNP MSP Graeme Dey uses his motion to highlight the Included in the Main?! campaign and the conclusion of a national conversation about the reality of educational experiences for children and young people who have learning disabilities, by ENABLE Scotland .

Mr Dey points out ENABLE Scotland is the largest voluntary organisation in the country for children and adults with learning disabilities and their families.

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He says the national conversation looked at inclusive education and what it means for pupils who have learning disabilities.

Mr Dey says the campaign has since engaged with over 800 young people, their parents and carers, and the education workforce, to talk about their experiences and consider what makes education truly inclusive.

We move now to the 'Included in the Main?!' debate

Motion for the Included in the Main?! debate
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Breaking The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to by 69 votes to 59

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The Scottish government motion as amended is agreed to, with 69 MSPs voting for it and 59 agreed to.

Lib Dem amendment rejected

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Lib Dem amendment is rejected.

The Green amendment is agreed to with 69 for and 59 against

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The Green amendment is agreed to with 69 for and 59 against.